The art of home decorating is the ability to create a beautiful space even when you're lacking in, well, space. Although the words "cramped" and "dark" come to mind, small hallways need not be neglected. With a little creativity and some TLC, you can decorate a gorgeous hallway no matter the size. Here are 12 practical and pretty ways to make the most of your spatially challenged corridor.
1. Let your walls be art.
A cozy hallway is a cost-effective place to go all out with that fancy wallpaper that you've been eyeing. Live in a rental? Allow us to introduce you to your new friend, also known as peel-and-stick wallpaper.
2. Or add a gallery wall.
Even a small hallway has some wall space to play with — perfect for a gallery wall, of course. The configurations are endless.
3. Hang a picture ledge.
A picture ledge is not just for pictures. In fact, in a small hallway, it might be put to better use as a thin shelf, and it looks especially sleek below a gallery wall.
4. Add some shelving.
5. Get creative with hooks.
6. Enlarge the space with a mirror.
7. Draw the eyes upward with light fixtures.
8. Lay down a snazzy rug.
9. Store shoes beneath a bench.
If your small hallway doubles as an entryway, chances are that it's the place where everyone kicks off their dirty shoes. During the winter, this can make for a real mess. Follow the lead of Teri from The Lovely Drawer and organize and contain the clutter to the area beneath your hallway bench, with a few of these woven baskets from West Elm ( starting at $31 ).
10. Opt for a shoe cabinet instead.
11. Create the illusion of more space with a console table.
12. Hang your bike up high.
If your hallway is slim but tall, take advantage of its height by mounting a rack near the ceiling for bike storage.